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  31. <description><![CDATA[<p>Scrum Masters generally don&#8217;t need to have the same depth of technical skills as the software developers on their team.  However if your team is using Git for source code version control, then you as the Scrum Master or Iteration Manager, may find yourself bamboozled by terms such as HEAD, Master, Squash and Pull Request. This is the situation I found myself in recently, and even though I had previously used other version control systems such as CVS and SVN, I was still confused by discussions about Git. The search for Git understanding I got tired of having little understanding of what was being discussed in stand-ups, so I went on a mission to find a quick, yet comprehensive, introduction to Git and GitHub. There are many resources available on the internet, but most of them jump straight into creating your first Git repository, rather than explaining the concepts behind Git. Personally, I like to know what I&#8217;m doing, and why, before I do it, rather than just blindly following instructions to get a result but then not know what you&#8217;ve done or why.  For this reason I skipped on many of the internet resources which didn&#8217;t first explain, in some depth, what they were trying to do. So after many hours searching, and going down a few dead-end streets, I came up with three key resources which you can use to fast-track your understanding of Git. They won&#8217;t necessarily turn you into a Git master overnight, but they will enable you to better understand what..</p>
  32. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/git-and-github-for-scrum-masters/">Git and GitHub for Scrum Masters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  34. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Scrum Masters generally don&#8217;t need to have the same depth of technical skills as the software developers on their team.  However if your team is using <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Git" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Git</a> for source code version control, then you as the Scrum Master or Iteration Manager, may find yourself bamboozled by terms such as <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2304087/what-is-head-in-git" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HEAD</a>, <a href="https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8196544/what-are-the-git-concepts-of-head-master-origin" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Master</a>, <a href="https://coderwall.com/p/5_cjhw/squash-your-commits-with-git-rebase" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Squash</a> and <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/git/tutorials/making-a-pull-request" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pull Request</a>. This is the situation I found myself in recently, and even though I had previously used other version control systems such as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concurrent_Versions_System" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CVS</a> and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Subversion" target="_blank" rel="noopener">SVN</a>, I was still confused by discussions about Git.</p>
  35. <h2>The search for Git understanding</h2>
  36. <p>I got tired of having little understanding of what was being discussed in stand-ups, so I went on a mission to find a quick, yet comprehensive, introduction to Git and <a href="https://github.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GitHub</a>. There are many resources available on the internet, but most of them jump straight into creating your first Git repository, rather than explaining the concepts behind Git. Personally, I like to know what I&#8217;m doing, and why, before I do it, rather than just blindly following instructions to get a result but then not know what you&#8217;ve done or why.  For this reason I skipped on many of the internet resources which didn&#8217;t first explain, in some depth, what they were trying to do.</p>
  37. <p>So after many hours searching, and going down a few dead-end streets, I came up with three key resources which you can use to fast-track your understanding of Git. They won&#8217;t necessarily turn you into a Git master overnight, but they will enable you to better understand what your developers are talking about, and I believe that having this high-level knowledge will make you a better Scrum Master or Iteration Manager.</p>
  38. <h2>What are Git and GitHub?</h2>
  39. <p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-hosting.png"><img data-attachment-id="636" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/git-and-github-for-scrum-masters/git-hosting/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-hosting.png?fit=640%2C450" data-orig-size="640,450" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="git-hosting" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;Git hosting&lt;/p&gt;
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  41. <p><strong>Git</strong> is a version control system for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among multiple people. <a href="http://manujbhatia.com/why-switch-to-git/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Git is now clearly the industry leader</a> and the <a href="https://rhodecode.com/insights/version-control-systems-2016" target="_blank" rel="noopener">world&#8217;s most popular source code management system</a>.</p>
  42. <p><strong>GitHub</strong> is a code hosting platform for version control and collaboration. It lets you and others work together on projects from anywhere. While GitHub is the most popular Git hosting platform, there are many alternative Git hosting platforms including <a href="https://bitbucket.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Atlassian&#8217;s BitBucket</a>, <a href="https://about.gitlab.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GitLab</a>, <a href="https://www.visualstudio.com/team-services/git/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Visual Studio Team Services</a> and <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/codecommit/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Amazon Web Services Code Commit</a>.</p>
  43. <h2>Let&#8217;s Git started</h2>
  44. <p>So many <a href="https://github.com/EugeneKay/git-jokes" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Git puns</a>, so little time&#8230;</p>
  45. <p>Here are the three resources you need to upgrade your Git knowledge.</p>
  46. <h3>#1. Udacity course</h3>
  47. <p><a href="https://www.udacity.com/course/version-control-with-git--ud123" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img data-attachment-id="648" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/git-and-github-for-scrum-masters/version-control-with-git/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/version-control-with-git.png?fit=426%2C241" data-orig-size="426,241" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Version Control With Git" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/version-control-with-git.png?fit=300%2C170" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/version-control-with-git.png?fit=426%2C241" class="wp-image-648 size-medium aligncenter" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/version-control-with-git.png?resize=300%2C170" alt="" width="300" height="170" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/version-control-with-git.png?resize=300%2C170 300w, https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/version-control-with-git.png?resize=400%2C226 400w, https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/version-control-with-git.png?w=426 426w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  48. <p>The primary resource I recommend are two excellent free <a href="https://www.udacity.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Udacity</a> courses by Richard Kalehoff.</p>
  49. <p><a href="https://www.udacity.com/course/version-control-with-git--ud123" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Version Control With Git</a></p>
  50. <p><a href="https://www.udacity.com/course/github-collaboration--ud456" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GitHub and Collaboration</a></p>
  51. <p>These two courses take you through the basics and do a very good job of explaining the concepts and ideas behind the technology.</p>
  52. <h3>#2. Git cheat sheet</h3>
  53. <p><a href="http://files.zeroturnaround.com/pdf/zt_git_cheat_sheet.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img data-attachment-id="650" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/git-and-github-for-scrum-masters/git-cheat-sheet-v2/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-cheat-sheet-v2.png?fit=439%2C310" data-orig-size="439,310" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="Git-Cheat-Sheet-v2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-cheat-sheet-v2.png?fit=300%2C212" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-cheat-sheet-v2.png?fit=439%2C310" class="aligncenter wp-image-650 size-medium" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-cheat-sheet-v2.png?resize=300%2C212" alt="" width="300" height="212" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-cheat-sheet-v2.png?resize=300%2C212 300w, https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-cheat-sheet-v2.png?resize=400%2C282 400w, https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-cheat-sheet-v2.png?w=439 439w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  54. <p>Supplement the courses with the <a href="http://files.zeroturnaround.com/pdf/zt_git_cheat_sheet.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Git Cheat Sheet</a> by ZeroTurnaround.</p>
  55. <p>This includes a really nice diagram of the different Git stages, which helps no-end when learning the concepts. Keep a copy of this cheat sheet handy while you go through the Udacity courses.</p>
  56. <h3>#3. Pro Git book</h3>
  57. <p><a href="https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img data-attachment-id="649" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/git-and-github-for-scrum-masters/progit2/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/progit2.png?fit=250%2C330" data-orig-size="250,330" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="progit2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/progit2.png?fit=227%2C300" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/progit2.png?fit=250%2C330" class="aligncenter wp-image-649 size-medium" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/progit2.png?resize=227%2C300" alt="" width="227" height="300" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/progit2.png?resize=227%2C300 227w, https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/progit2.png?w=250 250w" sizes="(max-width: 227px) 100vw, 227px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  58. <p>Lastly, use the free <a href="https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pro Git book</a> (by Scott Chacon and Ben Straub) as a way of re-enforcing what you&#8217;ve learnt.</p>
  59. <p>The content in this book is denser than the Udacity courses, so I&#8217;d suggest that you learn a topic on Udacity first and then follow up with the book. However, some people may find they prefer the book format.</p>
  60. <h2>Git going</h2>
  61. <p><img data-attachment-id="655" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/git-and-github-for-scrum-masters/git-joke/" data-orig-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-joke.png?fit=330%2C478" data-orig-size="330,478" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="git joke" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-joke.png?fit=207%2C300" data-large-file="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-joke.png?fit=330%2C478" class="wp-image-655 size-full aligncenter" src="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-joke.png?resize=330%2C478" alt="" width="330" height="478" srcset="https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-joke.png?w=330 330w, https://i1.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/git-joke.png?resize=207%2C300 207w" sizes="(max-width: 330px) 100vw, 330px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></p>
  62. <p>These resources will give you the knowledge and understanding you need to feel comfortable around Git discussions with your developers. Now it&#8217;s up to you to use them, so Git going!</p>
  63. <p>Do I miss something? Have you got some other great Git learning resources? Post a comment and let me know.</p>
  64. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  65. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  66. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/git-and-github-for-scrum-masters/">Git and GitHub for Scrum Masters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  72. <title>Don&#8217;t be the first to miss out on LAST Canberra!</title>
  73. <link>http://www.ethann.com/dont-first-miss-last-canberra/</link>
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  75. <pubDate>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:01:05 +0000</pubDate>
  76. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
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  83. <description><![CDATA[<p>The LAST Conference is taking place in Canberra on September 14th, and if you&#8217;re in the vicinity then I highly recommend that you attend. Tickets are selling fast but they tell me that at the time of publishing this post, there are still some spaces available. LAST Sydney was great LAST is an acronym for (Lean Agile and Systems Thinking) and as you might expect with a name like that, the topics covered tend to be somewhat broader in scope than the topics which feature at other Agile conferences. I attended the LAST Conference in Sydney in July and found it covered some refreshingly different topics than say Agile Tour or Scrum Australia. Don&#8217;t get me wrong, those are both awesome events which I continue to attend, but after attending LAST I felt like I had spread my wings a little and taken a step into new territory. In case you need more incentives, here are three four great reasons to attend LAST Canberra. 1. Variety of topics I mentioned this earlier but it&#8217;s worth repeating, because LAST covers topics not just from Agile, but also from Lean and Systems Thinking, you&#8217;ll have numerous opportunities to learn new stuff from domains outside of the standard Agile/Scrum fare. So if you&#8217;re finding that Agile/Scrum conferences and meetups are becoming repetitive then this might just be the thing for you. Case in point, Norman Bodek, known as the “The Godfather of Lean”, will be dialing in from Seattle to give a presentation during the event. 2. Value for..</p>
  84. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/dont-first-miss-last-canberra/">Don&#8217;t be the first to miss out on LAST Canberra!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  86. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The <a href="https://www.lastconference.com/canberra/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LAST Conference is taking place in Canberra</a> on September 14th, and if you&#8217;re in the vicinity then I highly recommend that you attend. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/last-conference-canberra-2017-registration-35451347936" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tickets</a> are selling fast but they tell me that at the time of publishing this post, there are still some spaces available.</p>
  87. <h2>LAST Sydney was great</h2>
  88. <p>LAST is an acronym for (Lean Agile and Systems Thinking) and as you might expect with a name like that, the topics covered tend to be somewhat broader in scope than the topics which feature at other Agile conferences. I attended the<a href="https://www.lastconference.com/sydney/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> LAST Conference in Sydney</a> in July and found it covered some refreshingly different topics than say <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/agile-tour-sydney-2017-tickets-29363059702" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Agile Tour</a> or <a href="http://scrum.com.au/2017/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Scrum Australia</a>. Don&#8217;t get me wrong, those are both awesome events which I continue to attend, but after attending LAST I felt like I had spread my wings a little and taken a step into new territory.</p>
  89. <p>In case you need more incentives, here are <del>three</del> four great reasons to attend LAST Canberra.</p>
  90. <h2>1. Variety of topics</h2>
  91. <p>I mentioned this earlier but it&#8217;s worth repeating, because LAST covers topics not just from Agile, but also from Lean and Systems Thinking, you&#8217;ll have numerous opportunities to learn new stuff from domains outside of the standard Agile/Scrum fare. So if you&#8217;re finding that Agile/Scrum conferences and meetups are becoming repetitive then this might just be the thing for you. Case in point, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Bodek" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Norman Bodek</a>, known as the “The Godfather of Lean”, will be dialing in from Seattle to give a presentation during the event.</p>
  92. <h2>2. Value for money</h2>
  93. <p>Tickets are less than $150 and that includes food and beverages throughout the day.  Amazingly cheap if you ask me.</p>
  94. <h2>3. Canberra is cool</h2>
  95. <p>Ok, maybe not Sydney cool, but seriously, Canberra can be a pretty cool place. If you haven&#8217;t been there for a while you might be surprised at how it&#8217;s changed. If you need further convincing then  one of the organisers, <a href="http://canberra.leancoffee.org/2017/07/24/come-to-last-in-canberra-because-canberra-is-not-all-bad/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alex Sloley, has blogged about why you should come to Canberra for LAST Canberra</a>.  <strong>Apparently they have better coffee than Melbourne!</strong></p>
  96. <h2>4. Community</h2>
  97. <p>The one thing that LAST does share with events list Agile Tour and Scrum Australia is that you have plenty of opportunities to interact with members of the community, including the presenters,  and to build new relationships.  Often this can be the most valuable part of the day.</p>
  98. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  99. <p>So there you have it. Four great reasons to attend the LAST Conference in Canberra. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/last-conference-canberra-2017-registration-35451347936" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get your tickets now</a> before they sell out.</p>
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  109. <pubDate>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 01:57:47 +0000</pubDate>
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  115. <description><![CDATA[<p>Update: The free period has now ended but you can still purchase this book through Amazon in either paperback or Kindle editions. Thank you to all those who downloaded my book. The Kindle edition of my book Awesome Agile Ceremonies &#8211; 104 techniques to energise your Agile teams is free to download for the next 24 hours. I wrote this book earlier this year to help Scrum Masters and Iteration Managers spice up their Agile ceremonies and energize their team. If you enjoy this book then please share with your friends and feel free to leave a review on Amazon. Enjoy!</p>
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  120. <p>The Kindle edition of my book <a href="http://www.ethann.com/book/awesome-agile-ceremonies/">Awesome Agile Ceremonies &#8211; 104 techniques to energise your Agile teams</a> is free to download for the next 24 hours.</p>
  121. <p>I wrote this book earlier this year to help Scrum Masters and Iteration Managers spice up their Agile ceremonies and energize their team.</p>
  122. <p>If you enjoy this book then please share with your friends and feel free to leave a review on Amazon.</p>
  123. <p>Enjoy!</p>
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  130. <title>Five tips for passing the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam</title>
  131. <link>http://www.ethann.com/five-tips-passing-pmi-agile-certified-practitioner-pmi-acp-exam/</link>
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  133. <pubDate>Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
  134. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  135. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
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  144. <description><![CDATA[<p>I recently passed the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam and wanted to share some tips to help others with this exam. As with other PMI certifications, you&#8217;ll need in-depth knowledge of the subject matter to pass this exam.  You should not underestimate the difficulty of the PMI-ACP exam. If you&#8217;ve passed your Certified Scrum Master (CSM) exam, be aware that the PMI-ACP is a much more difficult exam &#8211; I would say that the PMI-ACP is in a different league than the CSM. But hopefully your journey will become a lot easier with my five tips. #1. Spend $15 The best investment I made was to spend $15 on the PMI-ACP Agile Certified Exam Prep course on Udemy. The course normally sells for around $200 but Udemy regularly has sales where the prices are slashed.  So just be a little patient and wait for one of these sales. The best thing about Udemy course is that you can download the lectures on to your phone or tablet, and then watch them anywhere, anytime, and without incurring data costs.  If you commute to work by bus or train then this time can now become study time. Spare time, such as waiting for a friend to join you for lunch, can also now be used to study for the exam. You&#8217;ll be surprised at how many small opportunities you get throughout the day to do a few minutes of study.  And it all adds up. Please be aware that the course has a few rough edges but bang-for-buck..</p>
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  147. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I recently passed the <a href="http://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/agile-acp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)</a> exam and wanted to share some tips to help others with this exam. As with other PMI certifications, you&#8217;ll need in-depth knowledge of the subject matter to pass this exam.  You <a href="http://www.deepfriedbrainproject.com/2013/10/pmi-acp-exam-passed-lessons-learned-study-tips.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">should not underestimate the difficulty of the PMI-ACP exam</a>. If you&#8217;ve passed your <a href="http://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/certified-scrummaster-csm" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Certified Scrum Master (CSM)</a> exam, be aware that the PMI-ACP is a much more difficult exam &#8211; I would say that the PMI-ACP is in a different league than the CSM. But hopefully your journey will become a lot easier with my five tips.</p>
  148. <h2>#1. Spend $15</h2>
  149. <p>The best investment I made was to spend $15 on the <a href="http://www.udemy.com/pmi_acp_exam_prep" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PMI-ACP Agile Certified Exam Prep course on Udemy</a>. The course normally sells for around $200 but Udemy regularly has sales where the prices are slashed.  So just be a little patient and wait for one of these sales.</p>
  150. <p>The best thing about Udemy course is that you can download the lectures on to your phone or tablet, and then watch them anywhere, anytime, and without incurring data costs.  If you commute to work by bus or train then this time can now become study time. Spare time, such as waiting for a friend to join you for lunch, can also now be used to study for the exam. You&#8217;ll be surprised at how many small opportunities you get throughout the day to do a few minutes of study.  And it all adds up.</p>
  151. <p>Please be aware that the course has a few rough edges but bang-for-buck this is the best resource I found out there.</p>
  152. <h2>#2. Don&#8217;t try to cram</h2>
  153. <p>You may have heard this before but I&#8217;ll repeat it anyway. You cannot cram for the PMI-ACP exam! By and large, the questions do not ask you to remember lists, meanings or formulas. Most of the questions are situational and require you to apply the Agile mindset to determine the correct answer. The only way to study for this exam is to immerse yourself in the Agile mindset.</p>
  154. <h2>#3. Avoid most online question banks</h2>
  155. <p>There are a lot of free question banks out there. I tried a few out but found that the quality was often low &#8211; often the answers would be incorrect, or the question or answers simply didn&#8217;t make sense. Many of these question banks are just hooks for trying to get you purchase something else.  There may be some good ones out there but I didn&#8217;t find any.</p>
  156. <h2>#4. The 24 hours beforehand</h2>
  157. <p>The 24 hours before the exam is perhaps the most important time period in relation to passing the PMI-ACP. Here are some things I did, or wished that I had done.</p>
  158. <h3>Don&#8217;t study the night before</h3>
  159. <p>Back in my high school days I used to often spend the night before an exam cramming until the early hours of the morning. But for the PMI-ACP exam I was advised, and I can highly recommend, to take the night off and not do any study. That&#8217;s right, zero! Think of yourself as an athlete about to compete in a race; the last thing you should do is train the night before the big event.</p>
  160. <h3>Sleep</h3>
  161. <p>Get a good nights sleep so that you are refreshed and at your best. This is one that I wished I had followed and lack of a good nights sleep did make the exam more difficult.</p>
  162. <h3>Food</h3>
  163. <p>The exam can take up to three hours. If you add time for arriving early, and for actually getting to the exam, then you&#8217;re easily looking at four hours or more.  Your brain and body need sustenance to work properly so make sure that you have eaten well and are sufficiently hydrated and caffeinated.</p>
  164. <h3>Exam scheduling</h3>
  165. <p>Think about the time of day you are sitting your exam.  I&#8217;m not much of a morning person but scheduled the exam for 8am, which didn&#8217;t seem that early.  Of course when you add in turning up 30 minutes before the exam, time for breakfast and commuting time, it can all add up to a much earlier start.  Personally, if I was doing the exam again I would probably schedule a session for later in the day.</p>
  166. <h2>#5. During the exam</h2>
  167. <h3>Don&#8217;t freak out</h3>
  168. <p>On the exam, when you&#8217;re unsure of an answer, you can mark questions for later review. It&#8217;s quite common on this exam to mark a lot of questions for later review, especially at the beginning of the exam. I think I marked six out of the first ten for review.  Don&#8217;t freak out if this happens to you.  The questions do seem to become easier as you progress through the exam. Perhaps it&#8217;s a case of getting used to the way that the questions are being asked.</p>
  169. <h3>Pace yourself</h3>
  170. <p>You have three hours to complete the exam and there are 120 questions. So if you take one minute per question then this will take two hours and still leave you with an hour to review your answers. And many of the questions will take you a lot less than one minute to answer.</p>
  171. <h3>Take breaks</h3>
  172. <p>You are allowed to take breaks during the exam. The clock won&#8217;t stop but it can be beneficial to get out of the exam room, stretch and maybe have a glass of water.  I did this after I had made my first pass through the questions, and consider it to be five minutes well spent.</p>
  173. <h3>Some of the questions and answers are stupid</h3>
  174. <p>Be aware that a few of questions and/or answers just may not make sense.  At the end of the exam there was one question which I spent about five minutes trying to understand. It just seemed like none of the answers were right. In the end I just guessed. You may encounter this as well. Don&#8217;t get hung up on it.  Just mark the question and come back to it later. Most of the questions and answers do make sense.</p>
  175. <h2>#6. (Bonus) Join the LinkedIn Group</h2>
  176. <p>I would recommend joining the <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/groups/3809643" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner PMI-ACP Exam Prep Study Group</a> on LinkedIn. It&#8217;s a good place to post questions and read about other people&#8217;s success with the exam.</p>
  177. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  178. <p>Good luck!</p>
  179. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  180. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/five-tips-passing-pmi-agile-certified-practitioner-pmi-acp-exam/">Five tips for passing the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  186. <title>Inaugural Scrum Coach Retreat Sydney</title>
  187. <link>http://www.ethann.com/scrum-coach-retreat/</link>
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  189. <pubDate>Sun, 02 Apr 2017 21:38:34 +0000</pubDate>
  190. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
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  196. <description><![CDATA[<p>The Scrum Alliance is hosting the inaugural Sydney Scrum Coach Retreat from May 5 &#8211; 7 in Coogee. It&#8217;s 2 1/2 days of deep-dive learning combined with many opportunities to extend professional relationships within the community. Sounds like a bargain at just over $500.  Register now and I&#8217;ll see you there.</p>
  197. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/scrum-coach-retreat/">Inaugural Scrum Coach Retreat Sydney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  199. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The <a href="https://www.scrumalliance.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Scrum Alliance</a> is hosting the inaugural <a href="https://scrsyd.wordpress.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Sydney Scrum Coach Retreat</a> from May 5 &#8211; 7 in Coogee. It&#8217;s 2 1/2 days of deep-dive learning combined with many opportunities to extend professional relationships within the community. Sounds like a bargain at just over $500.  <a href="https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventId=1959940" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Register now</a> and I&#8217;ll see you there.</p>
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  206. <title>Agile Team Energiser: Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock</title>
  207. <link>http://www.ethann.com/agile-team-energizer-rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock/</link>
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  209. <pubDate>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:35:42 +0000</pubDate>
  210. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
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  219. <description><![CDATA[<p>Most people are familiar with the game Rock, Paper, Scissors &#8211; a simple game where two participants compete with hand gestures representing each of the aforementioned objects, and a simple set of rules for determining which object beats the other. Recently I came across an extended version of the game called Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock which appears to have first appeared on The Big Bang Theory. As you might expect, this version of the game introduces two additional hand gestures; Lizard and Spock. The game also has a more complex set of rules governing which object beat others. I&#8217;ve added this game as an energiser to the end of some of my daily team standups with great success. It&#8217;s quick, gets everyone involved and teams really seem to love it. There are different ways to play this game but the best way I&#8217;ve found is to get the team members to pair up and compete in a best of three competition.  The winners then go through to the next round and compete against the other winners.  With a team of eight you&#8217;ll only need to play three rounds, which you should be able to complete easily within three minutes. At the end you can crown the victorious winner for the day. So there you have it. A quick, fun game to get the team motivated in the morning.  I&#8217;ve made this a regular energiser for one of my teams and play it at at least one standup a fortnight.  Have fun trying it out with your teams! &#160;</p>
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  222. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Most people are familiar with the game <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock%E2%80%93paper%E2%80%93scissors" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rock, Paper, Scissors</a> &#8211; a simple game where two participants compete with hand gestures representing each of the aforementioned objects, and a simple set of rules for determining which object <em>beats</em> the other.</p>
  223. <p>Recently I came across an extended version of the game called <a href="http://bigbangtheory.wikia.com/wiki/Rock_Paper_Scissors_Lizard_Spock" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock</a> which appears to have first appeared on <a href="http://the-big-bang-theory.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Big Bang Theory</a>. As you might expect, this version of the game introduces two additional hand gestures; Lizard and Spock. The game also has a more complex set of rules governing which object <em>beat</em> others.</p>
  224. <p>I&#8217;ve added this game as an energiser to the end of some of my daily team standups with great success. It&#8217;s quick, gets everyone involved and teams really seem to love it.</p>
  225. <p>There are different ways to play this game but the best way I&#8217;ve found is to get the team members to pair up and compete in a best of three competition.  The winners then go through to the next round and compete against the other winners.  With a team of eight you&#8217;ll only need to play three rounds, which you should be able to complete easily within three minutes. At the end you can crown the victorious winner for the day.</p>
  226. <p>So there you have it. A quick, fun game to get the team motivated in the morning.  I&#8217;ve made this a regular energiser for one of my teams and play it at at least one standup a fortnight.  Have fun trying it out with your teams!</p>
  227. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  234. <title>Using graffiti to build high-performing teams.</title>
  235. <link>http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/</link>
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  237. <pubDate>Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:11:14 +0000</pubDate>
  238. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  239. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  240.  
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  242. <description><![CDATA[<p>There&#8217;s one thing that strikes me about close-knit, high-performing teams. They seem to have an internal language that people outside of the group have trouble understanding. So how can the use of grafitti encourage the development of this internal language? Well-known author Steve McConnell wrote about this in his book Rapid Development:Taming Wild Software Schedules. Like a lot of other teams, we had a set of in-jokes and rituals that people outside the team had a hard time understanding. I&#8217;ve written previously about the importance of a shared common language. The language I&#8217;m referring to here is different.  It&#8217;s not so much about the language used to communicate about the project domain,  but more about language the team used internally for in-jokes and the like. I&#8217;m going to share with you a technique I&#8217;ve used for creating and enhancing this internal language &#8211; the Graffiti Wall. &#160; The Grafitti Board The Grafitti Wall is a white board (or a cordoned-off section of a whiteboard) placed centrally within the team&#8217;s working area. The team uses this board to visually create their own space. &#160; What goes on the board? Things which appear on the board are generally related to the company, project, team or individual team members. Typically these will be things that are funny, stupid, annoying or just plain quirky. With one team we used to record any funny sayings that were mentioned during meetings. One person often talked about &#8220;Having all their ducks lined up&#8221;, so that saying went went up on the Graffiti Wall. One day..</p>
  243. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/">Using graffiti to build high-performing teams.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
  244. ]]></description>
  245. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>There&#8217;s one thing that strikes me about close-knit, high-performing teams. They seem to have an internal language that people outside of the group have trouble understanding. So how can the use of grafitti encourage the development of this internal language?</p>
  246. <p><span id="more-299"></span></p>
  247. <p>Well-known author Steve McConnell wrote about this in his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rapid-Development-Taming-Software-Schedules/dp/1556159005" target="_blank">Rapid Development:Taming Wild Software Schedules</a>.</p>
  248. <blockquote><p>Like a lot of other teams, we had a set of in-jokes and rituals that people outside the team had a hard time understanding.</p></blockquote>
  249. <p>I&#8217;ve written previously about the<a href="http://www.ethann.com/the-value-of-a-shared-common-language/" target="_blank"> importance of a shared common language</a>. The language I&#8217;m referring to here is different.  It&#8217;s not so much about the language used to communicate about the project domain,  but more about language the team used internally for in-jokes and the like. I&#8217;m going to share with you a technique I&#8217;ve used for creating and enhancing this internal language &#8211; the Graffiti Wall.</p>
  250. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  251. <h2>The Grafitti Board</h2>
  252. <p>The Grafitti Wall is a white board (or a cordoned-off section of a whiteboard) placed centrally within the team&#8217;s working area. The team uses this board to visually create their own space.</p>
  253. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  254. <h2>What goes on the board?</h2>
  255. <p>Things which appear on the board are generally related to the company, project, team or individual team members. Typically these will be things that are funny, stupid, annoying or just plain quirky.</p>
  256. <p>With one team we used to record any funny sayings that were mentioned during meetings. One person often talked about &#8220;Having all their ducks lined up&#8221;, so that saying went went up on the Graffiti Wall. One day in a meeting someone said that &#8220;Ideas are like concrete&#8221; which no-one, including the person who said it, knew what it meant. So that went up on the wall.  You probably get the idea by now.</p>
  257. <p>I&#8217;ve also seen teams write inspirational quotes or draw caricatures. Other teams have posted a question and then have other team members write or draw replies to that question.</p>
  258. <p>Let your imagination run free because there&#8217;s no limit to how creative you can get with these Graffiti Walls.</p>
  259. <p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg"><img data-attachment-id="534" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/ducks-lined-up-2/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg" data-orig-size="" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="[]" data-image-title="Ducks Lined Up" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg?fit=300%2C300" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg?fit=1024%2C1024" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-534" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ducks-lined-up-1.jpeg" alt="" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  260. <h2>Some usage guidelines</h2>
  261. <p>Here are some guidelines that I&#8217;ve found helpful for running Graffiti Walls:</p>
  262. <ul>
  263. <li>Nothing discriminatory goes on the wall &#8211; nothing sexist, racist etc.</li>
  264. <li>Everything on the wall must comply with organisational rules and policies.</li>
  265. <li>Any team member can write on the wall.</li>
  266. <li>A team member can remove anything from the wall that has been written about them.</li>
  267. </ul>
  268. <h2>Have Fun</h2>
  269. <p>Have fun with your Graffiti Wall and please let me know how your teams use it.</p>
  270. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/using-graffiti-to-build-your-team/">Using graffiti to build high-performing teams.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  276. <title>Four free Agile resources that you should know about (but probably don&#8217;t!)</title>
  277. <link>http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/</link>
  278. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/#comments</comments>
  279. <pubDate>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:52:49 +0000</pubDate>
  280. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  281. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  282. <category><![CDATA[scrum]]></category>
  283.  
  284. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.ethann.com/?p=479</guid>
  285. <description><![CDATA[<p>There are lots of free Agile resources on the internet. However not all information is created equal. Frankly a lot of the stuff out there is just click-bait designed to get you to buy a product or service. But there are good sources lots of good information out there. I&#8217;m going to assume that you&#8217;ve read the Agile Manifesto and The Scrum Guide, and that you are familiar with sites such as The Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org and Mountain Goat Software. Today I&#8217;m going to share with you four lesser-known Agile resources. These sites offer a lot of value and most of their content is free. Enjoy! 1. Embracing Agile In May 2016, Harvard Business Review (HBR) published the article titled Embracing Agile. Why should just one article be so important? Because according to Forbes columnist, and former director of the Scrum Alliance, Steve Denning, this is the first time that HBR has acknowledged that Agile is something significant for management generally. Two heavy-hitters of the Agile world wrote this article; Jeff Sutherland and Hirotaka Takeuchi . Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum. Hirotaka Takeuchi is a professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of the landmark paper The New New Product Development Game. And now that HBR has given Agile its&#8217; tick of approval, Agile is beginning to be seen as something more than than just some weird IT practice. This might be the article to print and leave on your manager&#8217;s desk! 2. The Agile Revolution Podcast My favourite Agile podcast is The Agile Revolution. A lot of podcasts in general seem to be ego-fests for their presenter(s). But this one is different and..</p>
  286. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/">Four free Agile resources that you should know about (but probably don&#8217;t!)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
  287. ]]></description>
  288. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>There are lots of free Agile resources on the internet. However not all information is created equal. Frankly a lot of the stuff out there is just click-bait designed to get you to buy a product or service. But there are good sources lots of good information out there.</p>
  289. <p>I&#8217;m going to assume that you&#8217;ve read the <a href="http://agilemanifesto.org/" target="_blank">Agile Manifesto</a> and <a href="http://www.scrumguides.org/" target="_blank">The Scrum Guide</a>, and that you are familiar with sites such as <a href="https://www.scrumalliance.org/" target="_blank">The Scrum Alliance</a>, <a href="https://www.scrum.org/">Scrum.org</a> and <a href="https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/" target="_blank">Mountain Goat Software</a>. Today I&#8217;m going to share with you four lesser-known Agile resources. These sites offer a lot of value and most of their content is free. Enjoy!</p>
  290. <h2>1. Embracing Agile</h2>
  291. <p><a href="https://hbr.org/2016/05/embracing-agile" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="483" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/embracing-agile/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg?fit=475%2C224" data-orig-size="475,224" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="embracing-agile" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg?fit=300%2C141" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg?fit=475%2C224" class="aligncenter wp-image-483 size-full" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg?resize=475%2C224" alt="embracing-agile" width="475" height="224" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg?w=475 475w, https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg?resize=300%2C141 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/embracing-agile.jpg?resize=400%2C189 400w" sizes="(max-width: 475px) 100vw, 475px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  292. <p>In May 2016, <a href="https://hbr.org" target="_blank">Harvard Business Review</a> (HBR) published the article titled <a href="https://hbr.org/2016/05/embracing-agile" target="_blank">Embracing Agile</a>. Why should just one article be so important? Because according to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/#58b3f8ea63f7" target="_blank">Forbes columnist</a>, and former director of the Scrum Alliance, <a href="http://www.stevedenning.com/site/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Steve Denning</a>, this is the first time that HBR has acknowledged that Agile is something significant for management generally.</p>
  293. <p>Two heavy-hitters of the Agile world wrote this article; <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6563" target="_blank">Jeff Sutherland</a> and <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6563" target="_blank">Hirotaka Takeuchi</a> . Jeff Sutherland is the co-creator of Scrum. <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6563" target="_blank">Hirotaka Takeuchi</a> is a professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of the landmark paper <a href="https://hbr.org/1986/01/the-new-new-product-development-game" target="_blank">The New New Product Development Game</a>. And now that HBR has given Agile its&#8217; <em>tick of approval</em>, Agile is beginning to be seen as something more than than just some weird IT practice. This might be the article to print and leave on your manager&#8217;s desk!</p>
  294. <h2>2. The Agile Revolution Podcast</h2>
  295. <p><a href="https://theagilerevolution.com/" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="480" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/the-agile-revolution/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg?fit=195%2C274" data-orig-size="195,274" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="the-agile-revolution" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg?fit=195%2C274" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg?fit=195%2C274" class="aligncenter wp-image-480 size-full" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/the-agile-revolution.jpg?resize=195%2C274" alt="the-agile-revolution" width="195" height="274" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  296. <p>My favourite Agile podcast is <a href="https://theagilerevolution.com/" target="_blank">The Agile Revolution</a>. A lot of podcasts in general seem to be ego-fests for their presenter(s). But this one is different and has some really great interviews.  If you want to get a taste of the quality then I highly recommend starting with <a href="https://theagilerevolution.com/2016/01/15/episode-101-the-lean-mindset-with-mary-and-tom-poppendieck/" target="_blank">Episode 101: The Lean Mindset with Mary and Tom Poppendieck</a>. <a href="http://www.poppendieck.com/" target="_blank">Tom and Mary Poppendieck</a> wrote the widely acclaimed book <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lean-Software-Development-Agile-Toolkit/dp/0321150783" target="_blank">Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit</a> in 2003 and have been instrumental in the Lean Software movement. It&#8217;s a great listen.</p>
  297. <h2>3. The Agile Coach</h2>
  298. <p><a href="https://www.atlassian.com/agile" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="484" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/atlassian-the-agile-coach/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png?fit=745%2C256" data-orig-size="745,256" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="atlassian-the-agile-coach" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png?fit=300%2C103" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png?fit=745%2C256" class="aligncenter wp-image-484 size-full" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png?resize=745%2C256" alt="atlassian-the-agile-coach" width="745" height="256" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png?w=745 745w, https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png?resize=300%2C103 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/atlassian-the-agile-coach.png?resize=400%2C137 400w" sizes="(max-width: 745px) 100vw, 745px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  299. <p><a href="https://www.atlassian.com" target="_blank">Atlassian</a> are well-known as the makers of cool software including <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira" target="_blank">JIRA</a>.  However it&#8217;s lesser-known that they also have a section on their website called <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/agile" target="_blank">The Agile Coach</a>, which is packed full of great articles. These articles are particularly good if you are new-ish to Agile.  Sure, they eventually want you to buy their software. But the thing that sets The Agile Coach apart is the quality and usefulness of the articles. Check out <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/agile/program" target="_blank">Running Agile Programs</a> for a taste of what&#8217;s on offer. Highly recommended.</p>
  300. <h2>4. ProjectManagement.com</h2>
  301. <p><a href="http://www.projectmanagement.com/Practices/Agile/" target="_blank"><img data-attachment-id="490" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/four-free-agile-resources-know-probably-dont/project-management/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png?fit=234%2C84" data-orig-size="234,84" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="project-management" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png?fit=234%2C84" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png?fit=234%2C84" class="aligncenter wp-image-490 size-full" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/project-management.png?resize=234%2C84" alt="project-management" width="234" height="84" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  302. <p>Management.com is a website owned by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMI (of PMBOK fame) has long been associated with traditional Project Management methodologies. However their <a href="http://www.projectmanagement.com/Practices/Agile/" target="_blank">Agile sub-site</a> contains a surprising amount of quality Agile articles, webinars and discussions.   Some of the resources are paid resources but there&#8217;s also lots of good free stuff there.</p>
  303. <p>Site registration (free) is required to access most of the content.</p>
  304. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  317. <title>Agile Tour Sydney 2016 &#8211; call for facilitators</title>
  318. <link>http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/</link>
  319. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/#respond</comments>
  320. <pubDate>Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:50:53 +0000</pubDate>
  321. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  322. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  323. <category><![CDATA[scrum]]></category>
  324.  
  325. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.ethann.com/?p=436</guid>
  326. <description><![CDATA[<p>The Agile Tour Sydney is on again on November 14. For 2016 there&#8217;s a change of venue to the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney.  So only 40 sleeps to go before the big day. The call has now gone out for nominations from those who would like to run a workshop on the day. So if you&#8217;ve got a good idea or a burning topic to share then get to it and submit your idea now. The Agile Tour is one of my favorite Agile events of the year and extremely good value at only $100 per ticket (the event is designed to be cost neutral!). The sessions tend to be highly interactive workshops rather than lectures &#8211; hence the call for facilitators rather than presenters. &#160;</p>
  327. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/">Agile Tour Sydney 2016 &#8211; call for facilitators</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
  328. ]]></description>
  329. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/agiletoursyd/" target="_blank">Agile Tour Sydney</a> is on again on November 14. For 2016 there&#8217;s a change of venue to the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney.  So only 40 sleeps to go before the big day. The call has now gone out for nominations from those who would like to run a workshop on the day. So if you&#8217;ve got a good idea or a burning topic to share then get to it and <a href="https://sites.google.com/site/agiletoursyd/home/submission" target="_blank">submit your idea now</a>.</p>
  330. <p>The Agile Tour is one of my favorite Agile events of the year and extremely good value at only $100 per ticket (the event is designed to be cost neutral!). The sessions tend to be highly interactive workshops rather than lectures &#8211; hence the call for facilitators rather than presenters.</p>
  331. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  332. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/agile-tour-sydney-2016-call-facilitators/">Agile Tour Sydney 2016 &#8211; call for facilitators</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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  338. <title>How popular are Agile Certifications with employers?</title>
  339. <link>http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/</link>
  340. <comments>http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/#respond</comments>
  341. <pubDate>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:28:43 +0000</pubDate>
  342. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Ethann Castell]]></dc:creator>
  343. <category><![CDATA[Agile]]></category>
  344. <category><![CDATA[Certification]]></category>
  345. <category><![CDATA[scrum]]></category>
  346.  
  347. <guid isPermaLink="false">http://www.ethann.com/?p=426</guid>
  348. <description><![CDATA[<p>Certifications can be a controversial topic. Get a bunch of Agile practitioners together, and if the topic should turn to certifications, then a heated debate often follows. Some folks love certifications and see much value in them. Others don&#8217;t think that they&#8217;re worth the paper they are written on. Regardless of your personal opinion about the value of certifications, if employers or clients are looking for certain certifications, then this tends to drive all but the most strident certification opponents, to attain the highly demanded certification.  I’ve witnessed this trend several times before during my career with different IT certifications. With a number of different Agile Certifications available in the market place, I thought it might be interesting to compare these certifications to see just how popular each one is with employers. Agile Certifications Research My research methodology involved performing a number of queries on three of Indeed’s country-specific job websites: Indeed.com (USA) Indeed.co.uk (UK) Indeed.com.au (Australia) Agile Certifications Data The raw data collected is shown in the following table. Certification Query Indeed.com Indeed.co.uk Indeed.com.au Certified Scrum Master (CSM) &#8220;certified scrum master&#8221; or csm 2,726 343 43 PMI-ACP pmi-acp 243 5 3 SAFe Practitioner &#8220;safe practitioner&#8221; or &#8220;safe certification&#8221; 11 23 0 Professional Scrum Master &#8220;professional scrum master&#8221; or psm 1223 74 3 PMP* pmp 13,237 872 140 *Project Management Professional (PMP) is an established and well-known traditional Project Management certification. I&#8217;ve used PMP as a proxy for traditional Project Management approaches in order to facilitate a comparison between  Agile certifications and traditional PM certifications. Charts The charts for each..</p>
  349. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/">How popular are Agile Certifications with employers?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
  350. ]]></description>
  351. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Certifications can be a <a href="http://techbeacon.com/agile-certifications-are-they-worth-price" target="_blank">controversial topic</a>. Get a bunch of Agile practitioners together, and if the topic should turn to certifications, then a heated debate often follows.</p>
  352. <p>Some folks love certifications and see much value in them. Others don&#8217;t think that they&#8217;re worth the paper they are written on.</p>
  353. <p>Regardless of your personal opinion about the value of certifications, if employers or clients are looking for certain certifications, then this tends to drive all but the most strident certification opponents, to attain the highly demanded certification.  I’ve witnessed this trend several times before during my career with different IT certifications.</p>
  354. <p>With a number of <a href="http://www.cio.com/article/2989355/certifications/7-agile-certifications-to-take-your-career-to-the-next-level.html" target="_blank">different Agile Certifications</a> available in the market place, I thought it might be interesting to compare these certifications to see just how popular each one is with employers.</p>
  355. <h2>Agile Certifications Research</h2>
  356. <p>My research methodology involved performing a number of queries on three of Indeed’s country-specific job websites:<br />
  357. <a href="http://Indeed.com" target="_blank">Indeed.com</a> (USA)<br />
  358. <a href="http://Indeed.co.uk" target="_blank">Indeed.co.uk</a> (UK)<br />
  359. <a href="http://Indeed.com.au" target="_blank">Indeed.com.au</a> (Australia)</p>
  360. <h2>Agile Certifications Data</h2>
  361. <p>The raw data collected is shown in the following table.</p>
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  370. <tr>
  371. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Certification&quot;}"><strong>Certification</strong></td>
  372. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Query&quot;}"><strong>Query</strong></td>
  373. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Indeed.com&quot;}"><strong><a class="in-cell-link" href="http://Indeed.com" target="_blank">Indeed.com</a></strong></td>
  374. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Indeed.co.uk&quot;}"><strong><a class="in-cell-link" href="http://Indeed.co.uk" target="_blank">Indeed.co.uk</a></strong></td>
  375. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Indeed.com.au&quot;}"><strong><a class="in-cell-link" href="http://Indeed.com.au" target="_blank">Indeed.com.au</a></strong></td>
  376. </tr>
  377. <tr>
  378. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)&quot;}">Certified Scrum Master (CSM)</td>
  379. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;\&quot;certified scrum master\&quot; or csm&quot;}">&#8220;certified scrum master&#8221; or csm</td>
  380. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:2726}" data-sheets-numberformat="[null,2,&quot;#,##0&quot;,1]">2,726</td>
  381. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:343}">343</td>
  382. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:43}">43</td>
  383. </tr>
  384. <tr>
  385. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;PMI-ACP&quot;}">PMI-ACP</td>
  386. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;pmi-acp&quot;}">pmi-acp</td>
  387. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:243}">243</td>
  388. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:5}">5</td>
  389. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:3}">3</td>
  390. </tr>
  391. <tr>
  392. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;SAFe Practitioner &quot;}">SAFe Practitioner</td>
  393. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;\&quot;safe practitioner\&quot; or \&quot;safe certification\&quot; &quot;}">&#8220;safe practitioner&#8221; or &#8220;safe certification&#8221;</td>
  394. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:11}">11</td>
  395. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:23}">23</td>
  396. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:0}">0</td>
  397. </tr>
  398. <tr>
  399. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;Professional Scrum Master&quot;}">Professional Scrum Master</td>
  400. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;\&quot;professional scrum master\&quot; or psm&quot;}">&#8220;professional scrum master&#8221; or psm</td>
  401. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:1223}">1223</td>
  402. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:74}">74</td>
  403. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:3}">3</td>
  404. </tr>
  405. <tr>
  406. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;PMP&quot;}">PMP*</td>
  407. <td data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:2,&quot;2&quot;:&quot;pmp&quot;}" data-sheets-numberformat="[null,2,&quot;#,##0&quot;,1]">pmp</td>
  408. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:13237}" data-sheets-numberformat="[null,2,&quot;#,##0&quot;,1]">13,237</td>
  409. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:872}">872</td>
  410. <td style="text-align: center;" data-sheets-value="{&quot;1&quot;:3,&quot;3&quot;:140}">140</td>
  411. </tr>
  412. </tbody>
  413. </table>
  414. <p>*<a href="https://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp" target="_blank">Project Management Professional</a> (PMP) is an established and well-known traditional Project Management certification. I&#8217;ve used PMP as a proxy for traditional Project Management approaches in order to facilitate a comparison between  Agile certifications and traditional PM certifications.</p>
  415. <h2>Charts</h2>
  416. <p>The charts for each individual region are as follows:</p>
  417. <h3>USA<a href="http://www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png"><br />
  418. </a></h3>
  419. <p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png"><img data-attachment-id="441" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png?fit=477%2C286" data-orig-size="477,286" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png?fit=300%2C180" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png?fit=477%2C286" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-441" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png?resize=477%2C286" alt="agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6" width="477" height="286" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png?w=477 477w, https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png?resize=300%2C180 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-usa-2016-july-6.png?resize=400%2C240 400w" sizes="(max-width: 477px) 100vw, 477px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  420. <h3>UK</h3>
  421. <p><a href="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png"><img data-attachment-id="443" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6/" data-orig-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png?fit=478%2C286" data-orig-size="478,286" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png?fit=300%2C179" data-large-file="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png?fit=478%2C286" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-443" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png?resize=478%2C286" alt="agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6" width="478" height="286" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png?w=478 478w, https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png?resize=300%2C179 300w, https://i0.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-uk-2016-july-6.png?resize=400%2C239 400w" sizes="(max-width: 478px) 100vw, 478px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  422. <h3>Australia</h3>
  423. <p><a href="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png"><img data-attachment-id="442" data-permalink="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6/" data-orig-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png?fit=478%2C286" data-orig-size="478,286" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png?fit=300%2C179" data-large-file="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png?fit=478%2C286" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-442" src="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png?resize=478%2C286" alt="agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6" width="478" height="286" srcset="https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png?w=478 478w, https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png?resize=300%2C179 300w, https://i2.wp.com/www.ethann.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/agile-certifications-australia-2016-july-6.png?resize=400%2C239 400w" sizes="(max-width: 478px) 100vw, 478px" data-recalc-dims="1" /></a></p>
  424. <h2>Analysis of the Data</h2>
  425. <p>While maybe not the most scientific study ever conducted, an Analysis of the data does provide three key insights</p>
  426. <ol>
  427. <li>The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) is clearly the most popular Agile Certification currently on the market today and this is evident across all three geographies.</li>
  428. <li>The Professional Scrum Master certification from Scrum.org is about half as popular in the USA as CSM, but it hardly rates in the other regions.</li>
  429. <li>PMP is still the King (or Queen) and demand for this certification still far outweighs demand for the Agile certifications. So perhaps Agile has some way to go before complete domination?</li>
  430. </ol>
  431. <h2>Coming Soon</h2>
  432. <p>I plan to update this data periodically to monitor changes to the popularity of each certification over time. Stay tuned!</p>
  433. <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com/popular-agile-certifications-employers/">How popular are Agile Certifications with employers?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.ethann.com">Ethann Castell</a>.</p>
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